Back when my children were in elementary, middle school and just starting high school, I began teaching a class for Family Services of Montgomery County. It was part of the "Love and Logic" series and it was called "Connecting With Your Teen". The timing for learning this program couldn't have been better. At home, we were reaching a point at which our oldest child was going through the many phases of separating herself and trying to figure out who she was. The program taught me valuable information and strategies to open communication with her and maintain a solid relationship. I taught this program to parents of middle and high school adolescents throughout the region who also found it to be helpful with their children. With knowledge and information from from these trainings, I developed a series of strategies for helping parents talk with their kids and keep an open dialogue. Good communication with our kids, especially, our young adults, is a building block for family unity. An open and mutually respectful relationship opens the door to seeking help and guidance from parents and other mentors. Helping families feel stronger and more connected creates a foundation for our kids to become confident and healthy adults.